Investigation Remains Active and Ongoing

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis today announce the arrest of one suspect in connection with the shooting death of four victims on September 28, 2010.

Last evening, the Boston Police Homicide Unit with the assistance of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, the US Marshals and the Manchester Police Department placed 35 year old Kimani Washington of Dorchester under arrest in connection with the quadruple homicide that occurred on Woolson Street in Mattapan.

Washington was located last evening in Manchester, New Hampshire and placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant for 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Using a Motor Vehicle without Authority.

Mayor Menino said, “Today, while nothing can bring those lives back, the Boston Police Department, the DA's office and their law enforcement partners have made great progress in bringing those responsible to justice.” Mayor Menino added, “Let this serve as a warning to all those who seek to harm others, use guns to settle their scores and have no regard for life, our officers will not rest until you are hunted down, captured and locked up.”

District Attorney Conley stated, “We’ve reached a critical stage in this investigation.  This arrest by no means reflects the end of our efforts.  That won’t come until murder charges are filed, the evidence is aired, and a verdict is returned in a Suffolk County courtroom.”

Commissioner Davis commented, “The Boston Police Department responded to a terrible tragedy and complete mystery on Woolson Street. Remarkably dedicated investigators, police officers and community members joined forces to piece together this strong case again Mr. Washington. We have much work to do but we are confident in our ability to bring this case to justice.”

On September 28, 2010 at approximately 1:12am, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to the area of 40 Woolson Street on a call for shots fired. On arrival officers located five victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Three victims were pronounced at the scene while two others (an adult male and a male toddler) were transported to area hospitals suffering life threatening injuries. The toddler was pronounced deceased shortly after and the adult male remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

The victims have since been identified as: Eyanna Louise Flonory, 21, of Dorchester; Her 2-year-old son, Amanihotep Smith; Simba Martin, 21, of Dorchester; and Lavaughan Washum-Garrison, 22, of Roslindale. A fifth man, age 32 and from Dorchester, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized.

Immediately following the shooting incident, the victim, who is currently in critical condition, made statements that his vehicle had been taken by a suspect and that the vehicle was a rental car. The victim provided officers with a vehicle description.

At approximately 3:30 am, an officer observed a vehicle of interest parked in the area of Blue Hill Avenue at Warren Street, Roxbury. Soon thereafter, detectives and officers observed Kimani Washington, in the area of the vehicle. Officers conducted a threshold inquiry at which time, he agreed to accompany officers to the Boston Police Homicide Unit. After initially denying involvement to the motor vehicle, he did produce the key and admitted to being inside the car. Due to insufficient evidence to hold Washington, he was questioned and released.

Further investigation soon determined that this vehicle was in fact the vehicle taken from Woolson St. Based on additional evidence developed by investigators, officers responded to 45 Fowler Street in an effort to locate Kimani Washington, his last documented residence.

On arrival, Officers were greeted by the home owner who invited and allowed officers entry into the home. While officers were attempting to locate Washington, they discovered a firearm and a plastic bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana. At that time, the residence was ordered frozen pending the application and issuance of a search warrant. During the execution of that search warrant, officers located two firearms, ammunition, a scale, and marijuana. At that time, officers applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Kimani Washington.

This investigation remains active. Investigators continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant or peripheral it may seem, to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.

 Numerous agencies and law enforcement partners continue to be critical to the investigation. We take this opportunity to recognize the Boston Police Homicide Unit, the Fugitive Unit, Suffolk County prosecutors, Boston Police District B-3 and the B-3 Drug Control Unit, the BRIC, the US Marshal Service and the Manchester Police Department.